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YouTube to test news feed in the summer

Written by James Delahunty @ 15 Jun 2010 12:17

YouTube to test news feed in the summer Google Inc.'s YouTube video sharing service is to test offering a news feed this summer. On YouTube's official blog, a post highlights some of the latest videos on YouTube that relate to news, or make the news, such as videos showing violent attacks in Kyrgyzstan and oil washing up on a beach in the Gulf Coast.
"Videos uploaded to YouTube by both amateur reporters and professional journalists move through the media ecosystem with a sophistication and speed greater than ever before," the blog reads. "But with 24 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, how can people more easily find the latest breaking news videos on our site? And how can media organizations better leverage this content to expand the scope of their reporting and keep us all better informed?"

Working with the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, a YouTube News Feed will track news as it breaks on YouTube. The news feed will provide a stream of breaking news with a focus on strong visuals and non-traditional sources.

The news feed back be found on the CitizenTube website, which is YouTube's news and politics blog. It has only briefly been used by the company to track news, such as the Iranian election protests in 2009 and for Los Angeles wildfires.

It will take up a wider role this summer, and it should be interesting to keep an eye on.

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